This is going to be my last image from Kyrgyzstan for a while; I leave for Nova Scotia bright and early tomorrow morning. But before I leave Kyrgyzstan behind for a while, I just wanted to share a few more thoughts. I don’t want to sound like one of those annoying travelers who visits a new place and says they were changed forever after just a week of travel. No, Kyrgyzstan didn’t change me forever, but it did open my eyes a bit more. I’ve wanted to visit Central Asia for a long time, although if pressed I can’t tell you why. Maybe it’s because it just sounds so remote, so far away and so alien. A place where nomads have ruled for centuries and with place names few of us can properly pronounce, so we just call them the Stans. To lump the countries of Central Asia though together in a unified group isn’t fair and it isn’t accurate. Each country in this mysterious region is unique and different with its own history, culture and traditions. Kyrgyzstan certainly is all of this and more, and now that I’ve been home for a few days the complexity of the country is only starting starting to set in. I’ll talk about Kyrgyzstan on here again, no doubt about that, but I do need some more time to fully understand what the entire experience meant to me. I love that about travel, that its benefits are so far-reaching; just one of a thousand reasons why I love exploring this beautiful planet of ours.